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Spring Cleaning Tips for St. Paddy’s Day and Beyond

By Wet & Forget
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Ahh, the green of early spring and St. Paddy’s Day! Whether you’re sporting a shamrock-green tee or tinting an Instagram photo a grassy hue for the occasion, keep these after-holiday spring cleaning tips in mind.    

What’s that greenish growth that appears on outdoor surfaces?

Wearing green is great for the Irish holiday, but not when it covers your home’s outdoor surfaces. Has your wood deck turned green? It could be algae, moss, mold, or mildew.

Algae

Green algae grow anywhere there’s moisture. It thrives on partially shaded surfaces so you’ll often see algae growing on the north side of your home, or a shady area of your roof. Green algae looks like a green, slippery coating on outdoor surfaces.

Black algae can also occur on your exterior surfaces. Black algae prefers sunlight and you can often find it growing on a sunny sidewalk or roof. It is identified by the blackish streaks and spots that it leaves on outdoor surfaces.

Both green and black algae emit a sticky substance. This algae ‘glue’ grips your outdoor surfaces and holds on tight. Ick!

Algae is no more with Wet & Forget Outdoor

Start your spring cleaning now! Get rid of roof moss easily.

Has algae invaded your roof, driveway or outdoor surface? Get rid of unsightly algae growth with Wet & Forget Outdoor.

Wet & Forget Outdoor simplifies spring cleaning since it works with the wind and rain to remove algae – no bleach, scrubbing, or power washing required.

Why not use bleach or a power washer to remove algae?

Wet & Forget Outdoor’s gentle, non-caustic formula won’t corrode your home’s surfaces and when used as directed, it won’t damage your lawn and landscaping like bleach and harsh roof cleaners. And, unlike power washing, Wet & Forget Outdoor won’t harm your roof shingles or exterior siding.

One problem with using bleach or a power washer is the algae will start to grow again soon after the surface is clean. Wet & Forget Outdoor works over time, keeping your exterior surfaces clean and algae free for up to a year or more, in most cases.

Moss

Moss looks like a fuzzy, green, carpeting on roof shingles. If left untreated moss will spread until it covers your entire roof.

A moss-covered roof is more than ugly; it can damage your shingles.

Moss often takes root at the edge of shingles. This unsightly growth will work its way under roof shingles eventually lifting them away from the surface.

This allows moisture to make its way inside your home. If left untreated, moss will penetrate roof shingles. Tiny openings are made which allow water to makes its way inside your home.

Is roof moss a real problem?

Moss left to grow on your roof can affect your homeowner’s insurance. Insurance companies routinely send out home inspectors to survey customers homes.

An inspector may drive by and look over your home. If the inspector reports any visible roof problems, this may encourage the insurance company to raise your rates.

A dirty, moss-stained roof may give them the excuse they need.

Stop roof moss in its tracks with Wet & Forget Hose End

Wet & Forget Xtreme Reach™ Hose End makes getting rid of ugly growth on your roof, siding, eaves, and high-up locations around your home, quick and easy.

The powerful Xtreme Reach™ nozzle sprays the product up to 30 feet high, so you can clean those tough-to-reach areas around your home. No more ladder climbing required!

Stamp out unwelcome growths on your roof, siding, driveway – any high-up spot, in minutes with Wet & Forget Hose End. Simply spray on Wet & Forget  and you’re done – no scrubbing or rinsing required.

How do I use Wet & Forget Hose End to Remove Algae & Moss?

Remove algae on your vinyl siding with Wet & Forget Hose End.

Jump start your spring cleaning by removing green algae or moss from exterior surfaces with Wet & Forget Hose End. Here’s the how-to:

Application Tips:

  1. Connect Wet & Forget Hose End to your garden hose.
  2. Choose the best tip for your specific application.
  3. Wet & Forget Hose End comes with two removable tips. Choose between two tips, FAN or JET.                                                     

    FAN TIP is best for wide-ranging surfaces at ground level or general cleaning. 

    JET TIP is best for up-high locations and long distances.

  4. Before you begin, locate the adjustable dial on the Wet & Forget Hose End Container.

    The dial displays the following settings:

    ‘WATER’ – only water flows through the container.

    ‘ON’ – mixes the product with water from the hose and dispenses product from the nozzle.

    ‘OFF’ – no water or product will flow through the container.

  5. Turn the black dial counterclockwise to the ‘ON’ setting and saturate     the surface. Note: You will not be able to turn the dial any further past this setting. 

Wet & Forget Hose End works over time with the rain and wind to gently remove ugly growths and stains.  Green stains are easier to remove than black, and you should notice a change a few weeks after your treatment.

Vinyl siding is usually installed vertically. As a result, the surface may not be fully exposed to the weather. If your siding is shielded by an eave, roofline, or overhang, assist the cleaning process by imitating rainfall on the surface. Rinse the siding with water, with the nozzle set to the jet setting, one week after applying Wet & Forget Hose End.

Many other hose end products on the market won’t reach very high, making it necessary to bring out the ladder to spray your roof or siding. Wet & Forget Hose End’s Xtreme Reach™ Nozzle will spray up to 30 feet high, making your application effortless.

We recommend applying on a day without wind and when the temperature is above 55 degrees, as well as using a rubber hose with your bottle to get the full reach out of the sprayer. 

There are alternative products on the market that may have an attractive price point, but dispense the product too quickly, so you’ll have to go back to the store to get another bottle to finish your cleaning job. Other products will cover as few as 600 square feet with one bottle. Wet & Forget Hose End will spray nearly 3x as much products in comparision. One bottle will cover up to 2,000 square feet in one bottle, making outdoor cleaning easy.

Get your spring cleaning done quickly and easily with Wet & Forget!

Did you know? A popular St. Patrick’s Day tradition in the U.S. is dyeing the Chicago River green. It began in 1962, started by Chicago mayor and Irish American, Richard J. Daley.